Why Psychology at St. Andrews?
The mission of the Psychology program is to provide students a deeper understanding of the scientific study of Psychology and related behavior, to develop critical thinking skills, to assist in the development of written and oral communication skills, and to guide students in their understanding of ethics. The program prepares majors to enter graduate school in psychology or related fields, to enter professional training programs, or to obtain employment in a wide variety of fields in which they can apply the knowledge, research experience, and analytical skills learned in their major or minor. The Psychology program provides majors both a breadth of knowledge in a wide range of fields within the discipline of Psychology and depth of knowledge within fields of interest to the student.
- Research opportunities
- Access to our John Blue Laboratory
- Experimental Research opportunities for cognitive psychology
- Internship Opportunities
To study psychology is to examine the human experience. Through the study of psychology we seek to understand how and why people think, feel and behave as they do. Psychology is an art and a science. In its efforts to discover the unifying principles underlying behavior, it is a science; in its efforts to apply those principles to meet the various needs of individuals and groups, it is an art.
At St. Andrews we strongly emphasize hands-on laboratory experience, beginning with your very first psychology class. In fact our program has been highly prized for offering research opportunities far beyond those typically offered to undergraduates at other colleges and universities. Your research experiences can furnish you with an unquestionable competitive advantage when applying to graduate school or for first jobs.
Individualized learning experiences with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, St. Andrews students can and do enjoy the benefits of their professors’ personal conscientious attention to their studies and their research projects. Your psychology professors will work closely with you to develop not only your psychology coursework and laboratory experiences, but also your internships and other career development activities.
“St. Andrews offers an educational experience that simply cannot be found at large schools — a safe campus on a beautiful lake with small classes where we learned how to really think for ourselves. St. Andrews professors care about their students and are able to provide individual attention — unlike some larger schools where classes may be taught by GAs. Attending St. Andrews was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.” ~ Miles Weaver ’73
“St. Andrews gave me the opportunity to double major in both Therapeutic Horsemanship and Psychology, and both majors intertwine perfectly. The classes have helped me solidify what area of psychology I want to go into professionally, and have helped me prepare for graduate school with specified classes. The professors have even helped me in other classes outside of psychology!” ~ Gaby Stephens ‘19
“I chose psychology because of my interest in studying the human mind. I love this program because of the one-on-one approach, small class sizes, and the great academics. I feel this program has prepared me for the future in graduate school and in life.” ~ Phil Alden ‘18